Flow of refugees to Lesvos showing slight decline
The flow of refugees to Lesvos appears to be falling off slightly, based on the arrival figures to the island in the last few days, authorities on Lesvos reported on Monday.
In the 24 hours between 6:00 on Sunday and the same time on Monday morning, a total of 3,510 refugees were registered at the Moria registration and identification centre, while the number arriving by boat during the same period reached 3,660.
Another 3,860 are currently waiting in the vicinity of the centre to be let in and 4,388 migrants and refugees have been processed and are waiting to leave the island. Of these, 4,000 are expected to depart on Monday on a scheduled ferry line and on an emergency run by the ferry “Eleftherios Venizelos”.
Meanwhile, problems have been reported by farmers owning olive groves around the hotspots, who have complained of damage to their crops by refugees cutting down branches and even trees, as well as damage to fencing and other infrastructure on their land. Local residents complain that the hotspot’s facilities are inadequate and its operation problematic.
Talking to the ANA-MPA, village community president Vaggelis Trakellis warned that local residents are mulling a protest sit-in of the town hall to demand that the state take necessary action to protect their rights and property.
A spokeswoman for Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas, Anthi Karaggeli, said the ministry was aware of the situation around the hotspots and “wanted to restrict the damage as much as possible, record what has happened until now and aim to observe all procedures for compensation so that this can be given.”
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